New Year’s Eve Dinner

Each year on New Year’s Eve we have a dinner party. We invite lots of friends over and those who don’t already have plans join us for a fun meal and watching the ball drop at midnight. I’ve already set the table and my husband has been cooking all day. This post will be updated later with more pictures from the evening. I haven’t mentioned walking or exercise in the last few posts but know that I’m still exercising and getting my 30 minutes each day. The new year will begin and I’ll continue my exercise.

Here’s the table set for the evening.

We had a wonderful dinner! We were so glad we could celebrate with many of our friends.

Some didn’t make it all the way to midnight but those that stayed rang in the new year with bubbles! Happy New Year!

Yearly Wine Dinner

For the last 10 years a bunch of wine friends have gathered at our friend Susan’s house to have dinner, enjoy wine and chat about this and that. Tonight’s dinner was the 10th time we’ve done this. This time we were celebrating Susan’s retirement. Susan is the one sitting to my right in the picture. My husband cooked the main dish for the meal and others brought the sides. Susan provided the wine because she’s got an amazing wine cellar. We all had a great time!

Here my husband helps Susan select some wines for the meal.

Here we are cooking in Susan’s kitchen.

Here’s the whole group about to enjoy the meal.

He’s Home!

Today my husband came back from his trip to New Orleans to spend time with his parents. We went out to dinner instead of cooking. He’s going to be doing a lot of cooking over the next two days so he wanted and easy evening. It’s good to have him home again!

Wanna Buy A Chair?

So this leather chair has to go. It’s in the way of my art area and in front of the wine rack. So today I put it up for sale on our building website. Right away I got 4 emails from people asking about it. It didn’t sell by the end of today so here’s hoping it will sell soon. I want it out of the way. I’ve had it for more than 10 years but it’s time to let it go.

Doing Some Art

On Saturday I set up my art area in the office. I have storage bins for all the things I need. I have a big table on wheels for the area to actually do art. Today I spent the majority of the day creating art. I’m selling 4 pieces of eBay. I haven’t done that since the crash of 2008. No one bought artwork back then. Anyway, instead of walking today, I did art. However, I did go a total of 3.20 miles just moving around today. So even though I’m not carving out a specific time to exercise, I am walking around pretty far in just my daily movements.

Merry Christmas!

I got up this morning and took a picture of the sunrise. It was cold but the sun was out. It was a really nice day. I didn’t go for a walk though. I figured I could take a few days off. It was another day of watching Christmas movies and laying on the couch. I did talk with my husband on the phone. He told me about his time with his family. He was having a good time. He told me how to make the hot chocolate that he makes for me. I was able to duplicate the process and make myself a cup!

Christmas Eve

I did not go on a walk today but my overall miles for the day was 3.92. That was just walking around doing the things I was doing. Since it was Christmas Eve today, I decided to have pizza and watch Christmas movies. I watched Christmas In Connecticut among others. It was a nice relaxing day.

No Walk Needed

Today I did not take a walk. After dropping my husband off at the airport (he’s spending the holidays with his parents in New Orleans) I got to work changing the office into an art area. I put together shelves and an art table with wheels. I moved other furniture around, moved the TV and cable stuff and got things organized. I’m missing a few more fabric drawers for the shelves but this is basically what it looks like. I worked so hard I got 113 minutes of exercise and finished the day with 2.71 miles of walking. Because of all that, I didn’t go on a separate walk today.

National Mall Walk

Today I met my friend Sean at the National Mall for a walk. We walked 2.18 miles on the mall but I walked to and from the metro so my total miles today was 5.19. WOW! I did such a good job. I got 73 minutes of exercise according to the Apple Watch. It was a really good day!

On another note, the republican tax scam passed today and Trump will sign it soon. It is a disastrous tax plan. While we will see tax cuts in the beginning, most people will have their taxes rise in the next 10 years. This will also add 1.5 trillion to the deficit. I am just sick with this administration. Everyday he does something to ruin this country. And we’re all going to pay for it in the future. 😞

Laundry Room Walk

I walked 2.12 miles today. I started in the basement and decided to take a picture of the laundry room. The weather actually got a little warmer today. It got up to 56 degrees. But when I went to walk it got really dark and cloudy so I decided to stay indoors yet again. Tomorrow and Wednesday will be different.

Concert Walk

Today I only walked .55 miles. This is because we were so busy doing other things that I got all my exercise in without having to do a specific workout. We went to the Joy of Christmas concert at the National Cathedral. We then went to dinner at Cafe Deluxe. The concert was wonderful and we had a great time. Here we are at the concert.

Hallway Pictures

After a long string of low distance walks, I decided to do a long one today. I walked 2.84 miles today. So close to 3! And since I have completed the door decoration posts, I’m back to posting pictures from the hallway. I’ll try to be more creative in the future.

Our Door Decoration

Only 1.56 miles today but I had already done a lot of other active projects that helped me close the exercise ring so I wasn’t too concerned about distance today. Here is our door decoration for this year. This concludes the door decoration posts for this year.

Door Decoration 11

I DID get back to walking today. I walked 2.17 miles today. I even broke an exercise record on my Apple Watch. I exercised for 63 minutes…and that means my heart rate got above the normal rate for 63 minutes. Here is another ugly door decoration. It’s bad because it’s on top of another door decoration they have on their door all the time.

No Walking

Today I got lazy again and didn’t walk. We did go out to date night dinner at Martin’s Tavern in Georgetown. We had a lovely evening. We even went out for another glass of wine after dinner at Cafe Milano. SO I’ll get back to walking tomorrow.